Date: 21st August 2019
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm, the ‘rabblin starts at 6pm.
Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge 6003
Format: Mixed bag of spatial goodness
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!
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This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored by Georabble friends NGIS.
Perth ‘rabblers kicked off the first GeoRabble of 2019 in style, with one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in a long long time.
MC’d by the ever talented Damian Shepherd, who helped keep our speakers (and audience!) in check.
The evening started off with Ben Jones on ‘Cartography for the Colour Blind’. Colourblindness affects about 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women; a statistic was was represented within our own audience that night. Maps as a fundamentally visual tool rely critically on colour & shapes to communicate information. Ben talked us through some useful methods and tools to assist in selecting colouring schemes that help make reading maps inclusive and accessible to colour-reading abilities. His key tips were to spend time experimenting with palettes & textures (through use of tools such as colour brewer2 & kuler) and then to test your selections with emulators such as Colour Oracle or Visolve.
Next up we had Sarah James speaking on ‘Convergence of Industry 4.0, Smart Cities & Spatial’.
Industry 4.0 refers to latest wave of ‘industrial revolution’, where digital networks form a vast array of networks of cyber-physical systems (connected assets, customers and supply chains). Location intelligence plays a key part in this – and is the ‘golden thread’ – particularly in the context of ‘smart cities’, digital twins, BIM & virtual/augmented reality systems.
Following on we had John Bryant speak about his journey in organising the first Oceania FOSS4G in Melbourne last year, and on building open geospatial community in the regions. Through collaborative efforts and shared vision with people met through other channels (Slack/user groups/mailing lists etc) a team of passionate individuals pulled together an amazing conference with keynote speakers, 45 presentations & 14 lightening talks, 14 workshops, a community day & social events. An incredible 250+ attendees from 14 countries attended. And not only that, but the community succeeded in raising enough money through Good Mojo crowdfunding campaign to enable 6 people to attend through the Travel Grant Program.
Up next, with the title to steal the night, we had Cameron McArtney talking on ‘Making GIS accessible for a generation that searches for ‘Google’ in Google to get to Google’. An inspiring talk on the technological challenges of making digital maps for those in our community who are not of the ‘Google generation’. The choice of visualisation and interaction technique (‘scroll’/’flick’ etc) is just as key as the mapping itself to make spatial data accessible and insightful.
Lastly we had Dr Liz Dillimore on making WA the destination for data science, with the new WA Data Science Innovation Hub. The vision is to enable the development of data science capability and make WA a self-growing data science community with data science organisations that flourish; ultimately leading to job creation and economic growth (echoing Sarah’s Industry 4.0 predictions). And no, this does not take form of hackathons to solve any tech problem, but strategic partnerships, investment and collaboration between industry, academia and data science organisations.
Thank you to all our speakers for investing their time and to all the geospatial community who could come along for the event, and of course, last but not least to our generous sponsors Talis, without whom this event would not have taken place.
Let us know if you’ve got a question you’d like the wisdom of GeoRabble to answer via email@example.com or #georabbleper.
And stay tuned for news about our 23rd GeoRabble Perth – coming later this year around July.
In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved in GeoRabble organising, or would like to speak or sponsor, drop us a line through firstname.lastname@example.org, or through twitter @georabble or #georabbleper.
GeoRabble Perth made a long-awaited return on the 28th November at our favourite haunt, the Universal Bar.
MC Nic Flett@mapguy83 served-up some spatial tapas with a full line-up of six speakers on everything from mapping ants to a Silicon Valley experience.
Chris Roach kicked-off by exploring what a geospatial team does in their spare time. The answer? More work! With the assistance of the actual internet (in a black box on the table), Chris took the plunge by sharing a live-demo of his handy-work mapping habitat threats for endangered marsupials. Respect for that bravery – you set the bar high!
From possums to ants, Ross Lewin shared some experience in using artificial intelligence to find Fire Ant nests. Better AI finds them before you step on them. Some pretty brutal images of what happens when you do. It turns-out that ants outweigh humans on the planet; however, that doesn’t make giant ant nests easy to distinguish from other objects in an image.
Ikrom Nishanbaev took a deep dive on exploring Australian cultural heritage sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web – giving us a master class in the code and tools behind making that look easy. That’s quite a task as it takes some real skill to make something so complex look simple.
The heritage theme continued with Damien Hassan -on finding Perth’s first BBQ. His team have been busy working on an exciting project that will soon make some incredible maps of lost Perth available to the public for the first time. There’s an amazing amount of detail in these maps – enough to be able to track down what maybe WA’s first BBQ, amongst hundreds of other gems (like subterranean loos). Stay tuned!
Kurt Adams took us on another journey through Perth over time, with a very impressive set of maps about property. Kurt covered everything from location, price and block-size, to access to transport and sewerage – with a map in an appropriate shade of brown. Did someone say Vindaloo?
And finally, Sophie Richards shared a few stories from an adventure this year at Stanford University through the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy – an amazing opportunity to learn about data science from the brightest in Silicon Valley. It’s not rocket science, but there are some clever math tricks behind the biggest brands … RabbleRabble.
Thanks again to our generous sponsors for the event – Hexagon Geospatial. Stoked to have you involved.
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Finally, we can’t bear the thought of wrapping-up 2018 just yet – so here’s a shout-out to the WA Geo-geek community for some Christmas drinks together on Wednesday 12th December at 5pm at The Globe 495/497 Wellington Street. Hope to see you there!
Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our first event for 2019.
With exactly one week to go before GeoRabble Perth’s return, we are excited to introduce another a new speaker:
Damien Hassan – Finding Perth’s first BBQ: a project to geo-reference over 2,000 early survey plans of the Perth metropolitan area has been completed with the mapping interface coming soon. These plans, digitised in high resolution, provide a virtual archaeological dig into a built landscape that has changed significantly over the decades. Find your house from 100 years ago… or maybe Perth’s first BBQ?
If you haven’t got your tickets yet head over now to Eventbrite to register for your GeoRabble fix of 2018!
After a bit* of a hiatus, Perth GeoRabble is back in action and ready to ‘rabble! And just in time for the end of year festivities too 😉
Join us on the 28th of November as we have an exciting starting line up of speakers including:
Ross Lewin – Can Artificial Intelligence find the Ants? Work being done to trial hyperspectral imagery and Machine Learning/AI in the detection of Red Imported Fire Ants (RFIA) in Brisbane for the Queensland Government.
Ikrom Nishanbaev – Exploring Australian Cultural Heritage Sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web
With more to be announced very soon!
28th November 2018
Doors open 5:30pm
Presentations from 6:00pm
Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge
A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules
Attendance is free, but for catering purposes please help our hosts by registering here
GeoRabble is back in Hobart for the first time this year! Jacobs has agreed to sponsor the event, which means we can run one, so we are! No surprises, it’s just a great chance to catch up with some nice folks with similar interests and share a few words over a beverage or two.
We have four fantastic presenters coming along to share their GeoStories with us:
Karen Alexander talking about participatory mapping
Deanna Hutchinson talking about using Vitamin D to grow the spatial industry
Edward King talking about remote sensing, specifcally about the remote bits
Clothilde Langlais talking about her work modelling the oceans
Date: Thursday 28th June, 2018
Time: Doors open 5:00pm, Presentations from 5.20 pm
Location: Republic Bar in Hobart
Standard GeoRabble Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!
GeoRabble is about celebrating the everyday challenges and triumphs of working with location. Everything from the mundane to the glamorous, unfiltered by professional bodies, government and private company agendas and industry politics.
Who is GeoRabble for?
Anyone who has anything to do with GeoHipsters, GeoTech, GeoDev, GeoBusiness, GeoTrends, GeoFutures, GeoPasts – you name it, as long as you’re passionate and want to share your challenges, triumphs, frustrations and pride in the work that you do.
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The Small Print follows: GeoRabble Rules
1. Celebrate each others’ triumphs
2. Respect each others’ choice – no technology bigotry
3. No sales pitches – this includes services, software, data etc.
4. No company logos or ‘about us’ slides
5. Keep it short
The Perth crew changed things up for GIS Day 2017 with GeoRabble Perth #20 – The Debate Edition.
The surprise for this one was that it was ‘everyone in’ – with full Rabble participation. After a few limbering ales to celebrate the Aussie win over Honduras in the World Cup Qualifier – MC Carly split us into a couple of teams to find out if:
Big Brother is really here?
Open Source beats Proprietary?
And Cloud trumps On-Premises?
It turns out we must have really enjoyed those drinks because we decided Big Brother still isn’t here yet, Proprietary really does beat Open Source, and On-Premises trumps Cloud!
Actually, it was all down to the quality of our teams and debate leaders of course. There were eloquent speeches that would have made Obama proud. Taking a lead from the world game – there were a few ‘own goals’ when we forgot which side we were on – especially when our MC had us switch sides at the last minute for the second debate. And there was, well, the Rabble.
A special thanks go out to MC Carly for keeping things (relatively) civil, special guest Rabbler – the Dark Spatial Lord – for being our resident disruptor, and to our Perth GeoRabble for getting into this one (and not running screaming from the bar).
A big thanks also goes to our sponsor of the night – NGIS – thank you for your support!
Maybe we’ll give this format another run sometime. Let us know if you’ve got a question you’d like the wisdom of GeoRabble to answer via firstname.lastname@example.org or #georabbleper.
And stay tuned for news about our 21st GeoRabble Perth – coming early 2018.
In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved in GeoRabble organising, or would like to speak or sponsor, drop us a line through email@example.com , or through twitter @georabble or #georabbleper.
An open and inclusive forum for GeoGeeks to share, inspire and have fun.